March 28, 2020 A Letter from WCDPL's Director
Dear Library Patrons,
Libraries are essential. I truly believe this. The core function of a library is to gather people together to use books and other resources and to support the community’s needs for lifelong learning, early literacy support, recreation, and reliable resources.
But right now, gathering is exactly what we should not be doing. Therefore, in support of the orders from the Governor and the Ohio Department of Health, the library is closed through at least April 6 and all library programs and community usage of meeting spaces are cancelled through at least the end of April.
However, even with the buildings closed, the library is busy enhancing online services to give all of you access to information, literature, and entertainment during this stressful time.
Below are some of the new or enhanced services the Wood County District Public Library is currently offering via its website wcdpl.org and through the library’s Facebook page:
- Patrons without a library card can now get a temporary card at wcdpl.org that works immediately with the Ohio Digital Library, our Flipster online magazine service, and with Hoopla.
- Ohio Digital Library is making Instant Access cards available on their landing page. Ohio residency is verified using a text message to the phone; even if you have an out-of-state phone number, you can use WCDPL's temporary card.
- Please remember that Hoopla’s e-books, e-audiobooks, movies, music, comics, and TV shows are always available with no waiting, and that Flipster’s 85 different magazines are also always available, including back issues.
- We have increased the number of Hoopla items you can check out to 25 per month for all patrons with library cards and Hoopla has added a Bonus Collection that doesn't count against the number of items patrons check out.
- TumbleBooks provides e-books and other content for younger readers, students, and adults. That resource has dropped the requirement to enter a library card and has added more modules to support learning at home and relaxation. TumbleBooks products are always available, no waiting.
- The new TumbleBooks modules--TumbleBook Library--are available until Aug. 31. They include: TumbleMath (ages K-6); TeenBookCloud (grades 7-12); AudioBookCloud (all ages); and RomanceBookCloud. These modules are be found at TumbleBook Library.
- We are sharing information about the library’s learning at home resources with Bowling Green Public Schools, as well as the other two school districts within the WCDPL legal service district, Lake and Northwood schools.
- For the genealogists in our community, the Ancestry Library Edition database is now available from home through April 30th.
- Staff have created short how-to videos for Ancestry Library Edition, Hobbies and Craft Reference Center, and Book Talks. Look for those on the library's FaceBook page, and on wcdpl.org.
- For the investors in our community, the Valueline database is allowing up to 30 simultaneous users with a WCDPL library card.
- We are extending our Book Bingo contest until the end of April, and you can submit your completed bingo cards by mail or drop them off when we reopen. More information about Book Bingo is found on the library's online calendar.
- We are sharing up-to-date COVID-19 news from the state and the county through social media and at the wcdpl.org homepage.
- We are bringing back the Ukulele Club in a FaceBook Live format for three Mondays in April, starting April 6. Watch for the announcement on FaceBook.
- Finally, are you looking for a positive activity for kids of all ages during our compliance with Gov. Mike DeWine's Stay at Home order? Why not join us in our community #WCDPLBearHug Project?
Here's how you and your family can participate:
- Put a teddy bear in a front window.
- Download the #WCDPLBearHug coloring sheet from wcdpl.org/WCDPLBearHug, color it in, and place it in your front window.
- Encourage your child to read to their teddy bear and/or set up a Stuffed Animal Storytime at home.
- While out getting exercise and fresh air - enjoy a BEAR HUNT - look for teddy bears or the #WCDPL coloring sheet in your neighbors' windows.
- Practice social distancing when you're out looking for bears.
- Read the We're Going on a Bear Hunt story, based on the picture book by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury together.
- Watch an animated short film based on the book on HOOPLA!
- Please take photos of things you and your family are doing together and share on social media with #WCDPLBearHug #InThisTogetherOhio. We will look for these photos too and share them on the library's FaceBook page.
If you currently have library items at home, feel free to keep them until the library reopens. Or you can place them in the 24/7 returns available at both the Bowling Green and Walbridge libraries. Nothing is due back while we are closed. We have changed the due dates and remember, WCDPL is fine free. Just bring the items back when we reopen.
We will get through this together. All of us at WCDPL wish you well as we “stay home” and we look forward to serving you in person when we are able!
Happy Reading (and watching and listening!),
~ Michael Penrod, Director Wood County District Public Library
March 28, 2020
March 22, 2020, UPDATE.
In compliance with the order for Ohioans to stay at home issued by Gov. Mike DeWine, WCDPL (BG, Walbridge, & Bookmobile) will remain closed through at least April 6. Further, all library programs and events and all use of public spaces are cancelled at least through the end of April.
Watch wcdpl.org for updates as they occur, and take advantage of the many electronic resources--from eBooks to audiobooks to magazines & movies to research databases--offered through the website 24/7. Many of these can be used from home without needing to login with your library card. Navigate to wcdpl.org/eMedia and wcdpl.org/research to learn more about these resources.
March 14, 2020.
Out of an abundance of caution the Wood County District Public Library system (Bowling Green, Walbridge, and the Bookmobile) will remain closed through Tuesday, March 31; at that time, the library will evaluate reopening.
The health of library users and staff remains a top priority, and WCDPL leadership did not make this decision lightly. We know that WCDPL serves as an important community gathering place and provides essential services to its residents. But, we also know that the number of people who pass through our doors each day, makes it extremely difficult to implement the public health guidance as it relates to social distancing and the key role it plays in containing the spread of COVID-19.
While we are closed:
- Library users should keep any borrowed materials until the library reopens; loan periods for all materials will be extended while the library is closed.
March 11, 2020
The Wood County District Public Library System is closely monitoring information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our customers and staff is a top priority. As this situation evolves, information will be updated this page of our website, wcdpl.org/WCDPL_Coronavirus_Information .
Currently all our locations are open and operating under normal schedules. At this time, the library is cancelling all public events and programs through the end of March.
We're working with local health officials and following directions from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). Right now, we are taking additional steps beyond regular practices and cleaning and sanitizing all libraries as much as possible.
Everyone has a role to play in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and staying healthy. Please stay home and do not visit the library if you are exhibiting signs of the flu or if you are not feeling well.
We invite you to explore everything we have to offer on our website, wcdpl.org/eMedia. You can download eBooks and audiobooks on Overdrive, stream movies and checkout eBooks and audiobooks on Hoopla. If you have questions about these resources, please call the library at 419-352-5104.
To stay healthy, the CDC and other health agencies recommend:
- Washing your hands frequently. Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home and away from others if you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces frequently.
- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
Trusted Information Sources
Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is critical to reducing misinformation. Find reliable and current information about the outbreak from local and national agencies below.
Ohio Department of Health
The Ohio Department of Health maintains a website with the up-to-date information on the outbreak, current risk to the public, and links to helpful resources. https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/Novel-Coronavirus
ODH has also set up a call center to address questions regarding COVID-19. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
Centers for Disease Control
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has set up a website with a range of information about the current risk to the public, symptoms to watch for, prevention, testing, and advice for schools, communities and businesses.
The situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is evolving daily. We will keep you informed of any changes to our scheduled events. For the latest information, please keep an eye on wcdpl.org.